Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks - 1/11/14
Milwaukee Bucks (7-27) at Oklahoma City Thunder (27-9)
NBA Basketball: Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Chesapeake Energy Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma City Thunder -13 -- Over/Under: 196.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oklahoma City Thunder return home looking to make light work of the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Head to head, the Bucks are 8-18 ATS in the last 26 meetings and 3-9 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Oklahoma City while the road team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the favorite is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings. The Thunder are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss, but just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Eastern Conference and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The Bucks on the other hand are 18-38 ATS in their last 56 games playing on 0 days rest, 1-9 ATS in their last 10 vs. Western Conference and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall.
Coming off back-to-back losses, is anyone in their right mind going to go against the Oklahoma City Thunder here? They will be taking on a Milwaukee Bucks team that has only won seven games all season long, the next worst is the Orlando Magic at ten wins. Since defeating the Lakers in Los Angeles to close out 2013, the Bucks remain winless in the New Year, having lost four straight by an average of 14 points per game. Milwaukee was actually putting up some pretty decent scoring numbers at the end of 2013, however, they have been held to 87 or under in three of their last four games.
Despite Kevin Durant's dominance of late, the Oklahoma City Thunder come into tonight's contest having dropped back-to-back games and four of six overall. The Thunder have also lost three of their last five at Chesapeake Arena, but those two wins over Boston and Houston came by an combined 52 points. OKC has clearly missed Russell Westbrook lately and their defense has taken a hit, giving up an average of 105 points over their last four games after not allowing more than 100 in any of their previous five contests.
I think the opening title says it all, there is no way I'm going against Kevin Durant and company after two double-digit losses. A visit from the Milwaukee Bucks is just what the doctor ordered and I expect this one to be over early in the second half...
Dan’s Pick: Oklahoma City -13
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